Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center

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Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center is located in Merrillville, Indiana. Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center has successfully provided mental health care management and treatment for clients with a variety of mental illness disorders for more than 40 years.

Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. This program assists clients who are physically dependent on drugs and/or alcohol that requires detoxification. Detoxification lasts 1-5 days.

Outpatient (OP)

Regional Mental Health’s outpatient mental health counseling is provided for individuals, couples and families of all ages by their professional staff of psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and psychiatrists. These programs provide help to adults and children having trouble effectively managing their lives through the various stages of change and development. Leaving home for the first time, getting married or divorced, coping with a loss and handling stress are a few of the life cycle events emphasized in these programs.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Regional Mental Health Center’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit is a 16 bed locked hospital unit for adults with acute psychiatric symptoms that require a high level of care. The unit is staffed by psychiatrists, RNs, psychologist, psychiatric technicians, an activity therapist, and a dietician. The average length of stay is seven days, with the goal being to provide a safe, highly structured, therapeutic setting to assist our clients in being able to transition to a lower level of care. An in-house pharmacy is also available.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

A case manager is a special part of the clinical treatment team. This professional oversees resources and people involved with an individual client which includes the therapist, physician, family members and identifies housing, medical care, employment and financial resources. Staff visits clients in their homes to encourage and assist them with good nutrition, coordinating community resources, and taking personal responsibility for independent living. Case managers can assist clients who need access to supportive housing programs.

12-Step

12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT) is an innovative and holistic approach developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, founder of The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Unlike other approaches to trauma treatment that require an individual to experience painful emotions while reliving the trauma, RRT clears the negative effects of traumatic events effectively, quickly, and gently. In this uplifting approach to treatment and healing, negative habits and painful emotions are replaced by positive actions, energy, and a feeling of well-being.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Vocational Rehabilitation services provide information and skill building to train and assist severely and persistently mentally ill individuals in obtaining and maintaining community-based employment. Staff helps individuals locate types of employment that best fit both employer and applicant needs and provide job coaching to work with and train the employee on-the-job as well as monitor the employee’s job progress. When an employee is referred by the program, employers can be confident that the new employee is prepared and receives ongoing support to maintain employment.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center Highlights:

Same day walk-in services are available for case opening visits during select hours. At 8555 Taft Street in Merrillville, Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and from 8 am to 2 pm on Fridays, walk-in same day case opening visits are done.
Adult Intensive Resiliency Services (AIRS) is a group program for adult clients with serious mental illness. This program meets generally for 5 hours a day, multiple times per week, though schedules are individualized. Clients learn structured curriculum to assist them in their recovery from mental illness. Groups include segments on managing symptoms, managing medications, learning healthy coping skills and daily living skills.
Membership in Leading Edge Clubhouse gives a person living with mental illness the opportunity to share in creating successes for the community. At the same time, he or she is getting the necessary help and support to achieve individual success and satisfaction. Leading Edge Clubhouse is designed to be a place where a person with a mental illness is not treated as a patient and is not defined by a disability label. At Clubhouse, an individual is seen as a valued participant, a colleague and as someone who has something to contribute to the rest of the group. Each person is a critical part of a community engaged in important work. At Clubhouse, each member is given the message that he or she is welcome, needed, wanted, and expected.
Regional Mental Health Center offers counseling services to clients as young as eight years old. Group sessions may range from six to twelve sessions, while individual sessions are arranged to fit the client's schedule and can last as long as eight months. Their state endorsed gambling treatment providers are licensed addiction professionals. Thanks to state funding, Regional is able to offer gambling addictions services on a sliding fee scale, making them affordable to all those in need.
Regional Mental Health Center’s IV-B Services program provides intensive, home-based therapy services to families who have a child or children that are in danger of being placed out of the home. Families are assisted with needed individual and family therapy and crisis counseling. Placement Diversion therapists are available to the referred families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as needed. Services are referred through the Lake County Department of Child Services Title IV-B funding.
HOMEBUILDERS is an evidence-based program designed to strengthen families in order to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement or return children from foster care, group care, psychiatric hospitals, or correctional institutions. Families served by Regional Mental Health Center’s intensive, in-home, family therapy model have children in imminent risk of placement, or have children in placement whom cannot be reunified without intensive services. The presenting problems may include child abuse, neglect, family conflict, juvenile delinquency, and child or parental developmental disabilities and/or mental health problems. Services are provided in the home from 8-10 hours per week for a period of 4 weeks.
They provide services for children and families in their schools by therapists and a case manager. Therapists are on site and involved with children through individual, group and family treatment. They work closely with school staff to address behavioral problems that are interfering with the educational process. Therapists are part of the case conferencing process for children in Special Education.
Consists of group homes and community-based apartments. Group homes provide 24 hour supervised residential care, either as a transitional step for individuals being discharged from more restrictive settings, or to avoid a placement in a more restrictive setting. Services offered within the program include room and board, milieu therapy, therapeutic activities, and education in activities of daily living, case management and linkage with other services. Community-based apartments are managed by Regional. There is not 24 hour staff on site, but there is a strong case management component to provide in-home support for successful independent living.

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Indiana

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  • Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center 1481 West 10th Street Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • VA Bloomington Mental Health Outpatient Clinic 1332 West Arch Haven Avenue Suite A Bloomington, IN 47403
  • VA Terre Haute Mental Health Outpatient Clinic 70 West Honey Creek Parkway Terre Haute, IN 47802
  • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center - Lakeview Drive 330 Lakeview Drive Goshen, IN 46527

Intake:

  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Regional Mental Health Center maintains special services for deaf and hard of hearing clients who may be in need of outpatient mental health or gambling services. This service is provided by Lisa Ogut, a master’s trained clinician based at the Highland outpatient office. Using American Sign Language (ASL) with deaf clients, she provides: outpatient services, outpatient gambling services, and interpretation services for the psychiatrist if needed.
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children